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In Defense of Julian Assange

Editors: Tariq Ali and Margaret Kuntsler
Publisher: OR Books
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Contributors: Pamela Anderson, Julian Assange, Renata Avila, Katrin Axelsson, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Sally Burch, Noam Chomsky, Patrick Cockburn, Naomi Colvin, The Courage Foundation, Mark Curtis, Daniel Ellsberg, Teresa Forcades i Vila, Charles Glass, Kevin Gosztola, Serge Halimi, Nozomi Hayase, Chris Hedges, Srećko Horvat, Caitlin Johnstone, Margaret Kimberley, Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, Lisa Longstaff, Alan MacLeod, Stefania Maurizi, Craig Murray, Fidel Narváez, John C. O’Day, John Pilger, Jesselyn Radack, Michael Ratner, Angela Richter, Geoffrey Robertson, Jennifer Robinson, Matt Taibbi, Natalia Viana, Ai Weiwei, Vivienne Westwood and Slavoj Žižek

Suggested Reading List


The best way to get close to and know the real Julian Assange is to view his hundreds of interviews and to read his books. Here is a compilation of his writings, books by him and about him and WikiLeaks. All are superb reading and enlighten us as to the many issues we may not have considered that affect our lives in the age of the Internet.

Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet  

2012, 2016.  By Julian Assange.  Discussions with Jacob Applebaum and others.  Publisher: OR Books

WIKILEAKS, The Global Fourth Estate, History is Happening 

2018 By Nozomi Hayas. Recounts the history of the whistleblowing website. Available from various online book sellers.

Supernerds Conversations with Heroes 

2015. By Angela Richter. In-depth interviews with well-known whistleblowers and internet activists. Publisher: Alexander Verlag Berlin

When Google Met Wikileaks  

2014, 2016. By Julian Assange.  Conversations between Julian Assange and Google CEO Eric Schmidt with additional reflections from Assange. Publisher: OR Books


2012. By Julian Assange and Suelette Dreyfus. The extraordinary story of the computer underground that took on the establishment. Publisher: Canongate

The WikiLeaks Files The World According to U.S. Empire 

2015. By WikiLeaks with an introduction by Julian Assange. Documents and cables from WikiLeaks that expose government secrets. “Reveals a profound hatred of democracy on the part of our political leadership.” — Noam Chomsky. Publisher: Verso Books

Related Material

Women, Whistleblowing, WikiLeaks, A Conversation 

Renata Avila, Sarah Harrison and Angela Richter

2017.  A conversation with three extraordinary women about digital activism and the struggle for internet freedom. Publisher: OR Books

Insurgent Truth, Chelsea Manning and the Politics of Outsider Truth-Telling

2019. By Lida Maxwell.  Explores the nature of Chelsea Manning’s disclosing classified documents and suggests a new paradigm for exposing truth in politics and revealing the domination and oppression that is masked. Publisher: Oxford University Press.